Getting into GNU/Linux


If any of you are on the fence about Linux or wanna get into it, here's some tips for beginners wanting to try it out.

1. Don't be intimidated by what some say at first.

Linux is used by many professionals in the tech industry but that doesn't mean that ONLY professional use it. Many people who don't want to use windows (like me) use Linux and don't know much about how the terminal works. Linux distros(1) have gotten a lot more user friendly in order to make the OS easier to use overall. If you have a problem with it then Google and the Linux community is your best friend for these problems and will try to hold your hand through the problem you're facing however stupid the question is.

 

2. Check what apps are compatible or don't.

Checking for compatibly for Linux is very important so you know what apps work or don't work on the OS. Due to its very niche community, not a lot of mainstream apps support Linux. This could also come down to the OS being open source(2) and the nature of the Linux ecosystem. You can also just completely ditch closed source(3) apps and entirely relay on open source apps for your work like art (Krita), photo editing (GIMP), video editing (Kdenlive), 3D Modeling (Blender), etc. Ultimately you're the one who chooses what apps you want on your computer.

 

3. Dual Boot with Windows.

If you mainly play video games or use windows specific apps then it's best to dual boot Linux along with windows. Either that or you can completely ignore windows all together and just use Linux. This goes back to compatibly, maybe some games can work with Linux and have a version for it. You just gonna look around.

 

4. Check your hardware.

whether that would be the components inside your PC or something external like a storage drive or a capture card. Make sure that your hardware is compatible with Linux. If you don't know your hardware then you can look for it in "Device Manager" (type in "devmgmt.msc" in Run) or "System Information" on Windows. Check mostly for your graphics, sound, and networking hardware to have the best experience overall.

 

5. Take advantage of booting off of a Live CD/DVD/USB.

Test drive the OS and see how you like it without it affecting your current system. It'll give you a feel for what you'll expect when you install the OS so you can decide on which distro of Linux you want to use. If you don't like the desktop environment or wanna try something new than you can easily install a new desktop environment using a simple [ sudo apt install ] command, whether that is GNOME, KDE, or something else.

 

(1): Distro: Distributions

(2): Open Source: A piece of software which has its code available to everyone for free to use, modify, study, or other things

(3): Closed Source: A piece of software where the code is locked down by the developers and not allowing it to be modified.

 

Linux Distro Recommendations:

Ubuntu

Debian

Manjaro

KDE Neon

Kubuntu

Linux Mint

 


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